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How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

Posted by lucinda002 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 23, 09 at 10:49

We are going to sell this solid cherry bed but need to fix this problem. My husband's head must have rubbed up against the headboard. I have tried to use Old English on it, but it doesn't work.

Does anyone have a suggestion that wouldn't cost too much. I think there is something called Homer Fornsby, but not sure.


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RE: How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

Can you provide a closer, clearer picture of the damage? It's hard to tell whether the finish is worn off, discolored, or if it's got something stuck to its surface.

RE: How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

Thanks for responding. After I posted, I went to the local ACE hardware store and bought some refinisher solution..rub on.rub off kind. It looks a lot better, but not perfect. So, I am unable to take a photo since it looks better. I think it will have to do.

I rubbed on the solution with a 0000 steel wool. I soaked the pad and then started rubbing gently then increased the pressure. I can still see it a bit, but not nearly as much as before..

It was very bizzare. I don't think it was anything "on" the wood as the steel wool didn't take it off right away. I might try to put more on later.

Again, thanks for your time in responding to my problem.

RE: How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

Ready, fire, aim.

The "refinisher solution" is probably a variant of lacquer thinner. It dissolves the finish (lacquer) and smears it around. Homer Formby became a rich man by selling lacquer thinner as "finish restorer" and thinned varnish as "tung oil finish."

RE: How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

Well, I must say that Homer Fornsby has my vote. It worked for me as a bandaid fix. That was an interesting bit of info. I can see that if I continue to apply the "refinisher" with the steel wool, it just might smear the finish too much and leave a big, worn spot. I think I will leave "good enough" alone. I appreciate your response. Anybody want a solid cherry bed and dresser? ha ha Thanks!

RE: How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

And think of all the flames I got from.."someone" when I suggested using laquer thinner to melt a finish back together.

Cheap and dirty....but it a cheap and dirty way! LOL!
Linda c

RE: How Do I Fix This-- Finish or Stain?

Lacquer thinner is not a single product any more than chicken soup it. It depends upon the "cook."

It is quite similar to ATM stripper/refinishers

Here is a link that might be useful: What's in finish restorer

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